Why Did Jesus Come?
The Point: Jesus came to remove our sin.
Get Into the Study
Use the following illustration as you wrap up the Get Into the Study section.
Think about Twitter and social media. In today’s world people can declare anything about anyone through social media. Most recently people have made their opinions known on Twitter that range from popular TV shows, politics, to all things pop culture. Even if someone deletes a tweet, a screenshot is likely still out there on the internet.
As your group begins to discuss ask them about things they may have wanted to declare to the world but didn’t. Consider it like a tweet that wasn’t sent. You don’t need group members to share details but ask, “Why didn’t you make the declaration public?” Find out what made them stop, and why didn’t they want to share their thoughts? Discuss.
Here’s the thing, when something hits social media and the internet it will always exist somewhere, but with Jesus our sins are actually forgiven and wiped away. Forever. Highlight the ideas that while social media posts never really get completely deleted, Jesus deletes our sins for good.
Dr. Beth Masters works with college students at Mississippi College where she is the Director of Christian Life and Ministries. She has a PhD in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Beth loves young adults, baking, and coffee.
Study the Bible
Use the following article and discussion with your study of the Luke 1:72-75 section.
According to a recent study done by the American Psychiatric Association, almost 40% of Americans are more anxious than they were at this time last year. This is a staggering statistic, especially when you incorporate the fact that experts estimate that approximately 18% of the U.S. population has an anxiety disorder. That means that 40 million Americans have levels of anxiety that hinder their lives. According to Time’s analysis of the APA report, “Safety, health and finances seemed to be the greatest sources of anxiety… Sixty-eight percent of respondents said ‘keeping myself or my family safe’ and ‘my health’ made them either somewhat or extremely anxious. Sixty-seven percent said the same of ‘paying my bills or expenses.’ Politics and interpersonal relationships followed at 56% and 48%, respectively.”
We are an anxious, fearful nation, and sometimes, this anxiety can cause us to be so inward-focused that we cannot see the needs around us. It can even prevent us from the work God is calling us to do. But this passage in Luke tells us we have the “privilege”—because we have been rescued by God—to serve God without fear. And the reason we can do so without fear? Because we never leave God’s presence. He is with us.
- What are the things that you feel anxious about?
- Have you given those fears to God?
- How can you continue to put your concerns and anxieties before God this week?
- Is fear keeping you from stepping out in faith to serve God right now? How so?
Ashley Emmert is a freelance writer and full-time mama from Chicago, where she lives with her husband, her dog, and her new baby boy. You can find her on Twitter at @ashgemmert, or failing to update her blog at ashleygraceemmert.blogspot.com.
- What’s an “ingenious” internet solution or life hack you’ve used recently?
- When have you been thankful for someone who came to your rescue?
- What’s your go-to stain remover?
- Why do we often feel defeated when it comes to meeting God’s standard?
- What can we learn about God’s character from His response to Zechariah’s disbelief?
- What ideas or images come to mind when you hear the word “salvation”?
- How does Christ’s redemption enable us to serve God in holiness and righteousness?
- When have you seen someone serve God without fear?
- What are some of the ways fear holds us back from serving God?
- Why do we need someone to redeem us through the remission of sin?
- Based on your personal relationship with Jesus, how have you experienced what these verses describe?
- If a friend asked you to explain what it means to be redeemed, what would you say?
Send the following link to your group members as either a teaser before the group meets or as a follow-up thought:
Here’s a brief video giving you an overview of this session: Why Are We Here? Session 4 Video
This article complements the study. Share this link with your group members.
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